The Pan-European Population Distribution Across Consistently Defined Functional Urban Areas

12 Pages Posted: 11 May 2015

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Kurt Schmidheiny

Universität Basel

Jens Suedekum

Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf, Duesseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Abstract

We analyze the first data set on consistently defined functional urban areas in Europe and compare the European to the US urban system. City sizes in Europe do not follow a power law: the largest cities are "too small" to follow Zipf's law.

Keywords: city size distributions, Zipf's law, functional urban areas, urban systems

JEL Classification: R11, R12

Suggested Citation

Schmidheiny, Kurt and Südekum, Jens, The Pan-European Population Distribution Across Consistently Defined Functional Urban Areas. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2604383

Kurt Schmidheiny (Contact Author)

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Jens Südekum

Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf, Duesseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Bonn, D-53072
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